Course Outline

CRM400 Advanced Issues in Criminology & Justice

Course Coordinator:Kelly Hine (khine@usc.edu.au) School:School of Law and Society

2022Semester 2

USC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to the USC website for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?

Description

In this course you will undertake an in-depth analysis of some of the major theoretical perspectives and debates that have influenced the contemporary direction of crime and justice-related research, policy and practice. This course exposes you to the social constructions of crime and criminality across local and international contexts and builds your skills for solving complex problems. You will research, analyse, evaluate and communicate key issues related to specific problems using media sources, government reviews and global scientific research to build these key graduate skills.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online learning materials for 13 weeks (or equivalent). 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop - 2 hours in weeks 1-12. 2hrs Week 1 12 times

Course Topics

Contemporary issues in Criminology

What level is this course?

400 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

24 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge related to a specific topic related to Criminology and Justice Knowledgeable
2 Demonstrate advanced skills in locating, evaluating and synthesising information from a variety of academic and non-academic sources Creative and critical thinker
3 Communicate a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to contribute to the discipline Engaged
4 Demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility for own learning and practice Empowered

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the USC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.

Pre-requisites

Enrolled in Program AR409

Co-requisites

Not applicable

Anti-requisites

Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Feedback will be provided using formative activities during workshops to prepare you for each assessment task. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Activity Participation Individual 10%
Weeks 1-13
Refer to Format In Class
All 2 Essay Individual 30%
2500 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3a Artefact - Creative Individual 30%
10 minutes
Week 7 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3b Oral Individual 30%
50 minutes
Refer to Format In Class
All - Assessment Task 1:Activity Participation and Feedback
Goal:
The goal of this task is to encourage you to develop autonomy, judgement, adaptability and responsibility for your own learning and practice
Product: Activity Participation
Format:
Every student is expected to attend and participate actively in class discussions across at least 9 of the classes following week 1. This will include providing formal feedback to seminar presenters.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Assessment criteria is based on your overall contributions to discussions throughout the semester. You will be assessed on the quality and quantity of your contributions to these discussions, including:
4
2
Prepared for the topic and having read the material
4
3
Making more than one substantive contribution to class discussions
4
4
Engaging in critical debates and respectfully expressing your opinion
4
5
Providing formal feedback to seminar presenters in Weeks 11 and 12
4
All - Assessment Task 2:Essay
Goal:
The goal of this task is to research, summarise and critique a topical issue that considers current and future directions within Criminology and Justice practice
Product: Essay
Format:
A 2500-word individual written essay, excluding references. The specific topic will be covered in class during Week 1. You will have the opportunity to gain formative feedback to prepare for this task by participating in class discussion and other class activities.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Research and synthesise relevant diverse source material
1 2 4
2
Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills
1 2 4
3
Use of evidence and examples to effectively illustrate arguments
1 2 3 4
4
Communicate clearly and coherently, including structure, grammar and referencing
3
All - Assessment Task 3a:Recorded Multi-Media Presentation
Goal:
The goal of this task is to develop your skills in presenting information to diverse audiences on a specific contemporary issue in crime and criminal justice
Product: Artefact - Creative
Format:
You are to record a 10-minute multi-media presentation for the class on a specific topic as the introduction to your seminar (assessment 3b). Your topic will be negotiated with the course coordinator across Weeks 1 to 3 of semester. The presentation should state the key issues, debates and messages relating to the topic to introduce your peers to the topic and to stimulate discussion of the topic.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Synthesise relevant academic, institutional and media sources relating to the specific topic
1 2 4
2
Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills
1 2 4
3
Evidence and examples to effectively illustrate arguments
1 2 3 4
4
Communicate complex ideas simply and in an engaging format
3
All - Assessment Task 3b:Seminar Presentation and Facilitation
Goal:
To lead and facilitate a seminar and critical debates on a specific contemporary issue in crime and criminal justice
Product: Oral
Format:
50 minute in-class seminar presentation and group facilitation on a specific contemporary issue. Guidelines will be provided on Canvas early in the course. This is an interactive and engaging presentation. You are responsible for leading and moderating participant discussion. You are to prepare at least three discussion questions for students to consider in preparation for your seminar and to stimulate class discussion. Audio and/or visual aids may be used in addition to the resource created (assessment 3a) for the seminar.
Criteria:
No. Learning Outcome assessed
1
Synthesise relevant academic, institutional and media sources relating to the specific topic
1 2 4
2
Advanced analytical and critical thinking skills
1 2 4
3
Evidence and examples to effectively illustrate arguments
1 2 3 4
4
Communicate complex ideas simply and in an engaging format
3
5
Lead and moderate participant discussion
3 4

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Directed study hours may vary by location. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

There are no required/recommended resources for this course.

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.

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Study help

For help with course-specific advice, for example what information to include in your assessment, you should first contact your tutor, then your course coordinator, if needed.

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